POSTED: September 20th 2014

Tokyo 2020 President attends Incheon Asian Games Opening Ceremony

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games President Yoshiro Mori attended the 17th Asian games Opening Ceremony at Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in Incheon Friday, 19 Sept.

With Tokyo set to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games after the International Olympic Committee chose the Japanese city as Host City over Madrid, Spain, and Istanbul, Turkey, Mori expressed his admiration for the Asian Games’ opener.

“I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to the people of the city of Incheon and South Korea on a truly outstanding Opening Ceremony,” he said. “I would also like to express my deepest respect and admiration to the members of the organising committee and everyone involved in the preparations for the 17th Asian Games.

“The Asian Games is the greatest festival of sport in Asia, with some 13,000 athletes and officials from 45 countries and territories gathering together in Incheon to compete in 439 events in 36 sports and disciplines, which is even higher than the number of sports and disciplines in the Olympic Games. I am certain that such an impressive feat as this will make a significant contribution to further promoting the Olympic Movement in Asia.

“I was told that the theme for the Opening Ceremony was ‘4.5 billion Asians’ dream, Asia as one,’ and as I watched the ceremony and saw the great emphasis placed on everybody coming together as one, I was deeply moved.

“Following on from last month’s Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Asian athletes now have the Incheon 2014 Asian Games to continue working hard to hone their sporting skills. This will be followed by further opportunities at the Rio 2016 Games, the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games, and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and I am looking forward to the athletes of Asia demonstrating some truly wonderful performances.

“The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has established an ‘All Japan’ team made up of representatives from a broad cross-section of Japanese society in our efforts to deliver a successful Games in 2020. We will do everything in our power to ensure that all athletes, officials, and spectators from across Asia will be afforded the very warmest of welcomes to Tokyo and enjoy a truly superb Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

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